Because of that motor I didn't want to buy this car. The CL ad said 4 cylinder; that's why I drove to Sac Town to look at it. Was not surprised to see the 2.7, but was disappointed. Seeing the condition I drove it... and liked it! So I called my buddy Big Chris Fredericksen who had told me in 2009 to avoid that motor. He had said it's a $1,500 job to replace the water pump!
Upon my call he said now that ten years has gone by he thinks these are excellent motors, but he still hates the water pump. He said if all things appear good, buy it. I did! (He's a professional mechanic who's opinion I highly value.)
But, it's not for me! It's for my son; I'm replacing his 1996 Dodge 1500 Pace Truck. Jerry is commuting in his new job and the 15 MPG is eating him up. Plus, the truck, with over 180,000 miles, has become unreliable. I am going to swap with him, do some work on his truck, and then sell it. I'm hoping to get 2 grand at a minimum. If I do, the Sebring cost me $1,000. Not bad!